If you we were me which would you pick?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by karkid, Nov 2, 2010.

  1. karkid macrumors member

    Jul 25, 2010
    A. Macbook pro 15" high res glossy, 8gb ram, and 256gb ssd, 2.4ghz i5
    B. Macbook pro 15" High res AG, 4GB ram, 500GB HDD, i7 2.8
    C. Macbook air 13" 4GB/2.13ghz/256gb ssd

    thanks guys i'm very confused on which to pick so looking for your opinions.
  2. aimbdd macrumors 6502a

    Dec 10, 2008
    East Cost
    I would go with b. everything else can be upgraded after the fact but the processor. Even though people says its not worth it, you cant change that once you buy.

    Also AG is good!
  3. jagger27 macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2010
    If I were you, I wouldn't know very much about myself. :rolleyes:
  4. karkid thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 25, 2010
    ^ very good point.

    Well i've had the MBA for about a week now. While i love the machine. I'm scared that A. it's not going to hold any resale value. B. i feel like the macbook pro is an investment where as the air is just a toy.

    I use my computer for class,emails,videos,photo and video editing (light)
  5. jagger27 macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2010
    It will hold its value. Just look at used Mac prices; anything newer than the first iBook still retains some value.

    For your needs, you should go for the base model 13" MBP and upgrade to a 3rd party SSD. OWC, OCZ, and Intel are great options for Macs.
  6. karkid thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 25, 2010
    i see no advantage in the 13 MBP over the AIR
  7. RayK macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2005
    Go for option b. Very powerful and non glossy. Very nice.
  8. GodWhomIsMike macrumors 6502a

    Sep 24, 2007
    Any choice with at least 4GB of ram and a solid state drive. Anything without a SSD is going to feel SLOW!!!
  9. aimbdd macrumors 6502a

    Dec 10, 2008
    East Cost
  10. Doc750 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 11, 2010
  11. aimbdd macrumors 6502a

    Dec 10, 2008
    East Cost
    How have we lived all these years without a SSD ? :rolleyes:

    backlight key
    upgradable ram (higher limit 8gb)
    Ethernet connector
    optical drive/ (or hard drive)
    lock slot
    screen brightness
    faster processor
    battery (little bit)

    higher res screen
    half the weigth
    slimmer profile, newer body
  12. Lurchdubious macrumors 65816


    Oct 15, 2008
    This. SSD prices will just keep dropping.
  13. karlwig macrumors 6502

    Mar 7, 2008
    Would pick A over B, definately.

    C over either if weight matters while you're on the go (I wouldn't pick the Air for video editing, but for everything else, even Photoshopping, it should be fine)
  14. AdamRock macrumors 6502a


    Aug 30, 2010
  15. neteng101 macrumors 65816

    Jan 7, 2009
  16. jayo123456 macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2010
    I'm in a similar situation as yours, I'm also a student.

    I walk around with a 15" i5 atm, and tbh, it's very cumbersome. Some days I leave it at home mainly cuz of size and weight. And I hardly use half the processing power, and never use the superdrive.... so it seems pretty pointless to carry all that around all the time.

    If I had the air, I'd most likely carry it with me everyday. (thinking about switching to an air)

    So from someone in a similar situation to yours, I'd say stick wit the air.
  17. aimbdd macrumors 6502a

    Dec 10, 2008
    East Cost
    lol is everyone hear a feather weight? I have no problem carrying even the 17 inch power book around all day.. there is pluses and minuses to each. If your going to game at all go 15 inch though.
  18. Boston007 macrumors 6502


    Apr 9, 2010
    Forget the AIR

    like others said get the 13" MBP. It will do everything you are looking for. Later on if you wish you can put an SSD in it. It will retain good value.

    The 15"s are too powerful for what you want to do.
  19. aimbdd macrumors 6502a

    Dec 10, 2008
    East Cost
    Yeah you wouldn't really need a 15". Unless you plan to game at all?
  20. kellen macrumors 68020


    Aug 11, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    First decide on what size screen you want.

    Then you don't need 8gb of ram for what you do. 4 is fine. A SSD would be better money spent. The jump from 120/128 to 256 is expensive, so unless you need the room, get a 128gb.

    If you want a 15", get the base 15, with 4GB of ram. Add a intel 160GB or other 120 GB SSD on your own.

    If you want a 13", get the base 13, then add a SSD on your own.

    Your needs will be met with any of the machines. None of them are going to make the internet, word faster. A SSD will make everything speedy.
  21. sbddude macrumors 6502a

    Sep 27, 2010
    Nor Cal, USA
    How about the ability to install an optibay(SSD + 1TB HDD), 8GB of RAM, firewire, etc

    I vote for B. Upgrade to a Vertex 2 yourself later and 8GB as you need it.
  22. akswun macrumors regular


    Dec 29, 2009
    1. air is slower other than having a SSD(which you can also get in a 13")
    2. more Ports ie.FW800
    3. how customizable is the air? it's almost like having the iphone.

    B. is good for the i7 and storage and RAM is always upgradeable
    A. is BEAST and will probably be just as fast as B.
  23. karkid thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 25, 2010
    well got a brand new sealed macbook pro 15" HR-AG with the 2.66ghz i7 off a local classified add for 1900 so i jumped on it

    now to find the SSD... and i think instead of 8GB of ram upgrade i'll just do 6, feel that 6 will be good
  24. aimbdd macrumors 6502a

    Dec 10, 2008
    East Cost
    6 Is plenty for your uses :) I ran into the wall with 4 gb but 6 never have a slow down. Awesome! Have fun with it!
  25. Mrs HBF macrumors regular

    Jul 27, 2010

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